MSI preps netbooks with Atom SoC, AMD CPUs

If the rumor mill has its facts straight, then Nokia’s upcoming netbook won’t use the next-generation Atom system-on-a-chip. MSI, however, has been talking with the Gizmodo folks about its plan for an Atom SoC-based Wind netbook.

The Wind U150 should be a convertible system with a touch screen, and it should be based on Intel’s next-gen Pine Trail platform. MSI claims the new platform will bring quicker graphics and "at least 20 percent better power consumption." The U150 will ship with Windows 7, although since its display won’t have multi-touch support, the new operating system’s Touch Pack features should be off-limits.

Some uncertainty seems to surround the U150’s release schedule. Gizmodo says MSI expects Intel to launch its new Atom hardware at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, while Intel has maintained that Pine Trail will ship for revenue this year, and it told Gizmodo as much.

In the meantime, MSI plans to release a 12" Wind U210 netbook early next month. That system will ship in two variants, both featuring AMD’s Yukon platform, with prices of $379 and $429. You can expect to find Vista Home Premium on the pricier model.

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    • stmok
    • 13 years ago

    (1) *[

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 13 years ago

    Phenom IIs seem to use more power at idle than Athlon 64s. That’s very likely the reason they’re not being put in laptops for a while, and it’s definitely the reason that the original Phenoms were never made into mobile parts.

    A newer manufacturing process doesn’t mean that it’s going to make the battery last longer, even if it operates at a lower *[

    • maxxcool
    • 13 years ago

    amen! oh btw go to the newest post on the micro-atx asus p-55, damage is directly asking if he should ban him…

    I voted ban, pass it on….

    • 5150
    • 13 years ago

    It’s not working if it doesn’t hurt.

    • maxxcool
    • 13 years ago

    Pheh! like there is any other mouthwash but Listerine…. sheesh Blasphemy!

    • ludi
    • 13 years ago

    Depends. Halitosis generally, or gingivitis specifically?

    Once you’ve identified your specific oral hygiene need, then you can begin pouring shots.

    • 5150
    • 13 years ago

    Scope or Listerine?

    • maxxcool
    • 13 years ago

    Start out by drinking your mouthwash, go to work, now drink the hidden airline sized vodka bottles in the drawer… let oilysnake post… have a seizure… while seizing and then write a reply on a Russian keyboard!

    Easy!

    • UberGerbil
    • 13 years ago

    Actually, the shortbread today is quite extensive.
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    • ironoutsider
    • 13 years ago

    Those two jokers again??

    • UberGerbil
    • 13 years ago

    Not really. Pine Trail is no more a cell phone platform than the previous Atom was (it’s more integrated, but it’s still way too power-hungry). And there’s no sign of integrated wireless broadband (HSPA/EV-DO/GPRS, pick your alphabet soup) that would suggest that either. This is just a more power-efficient netbook.

    • jensend
    • 13 years ago

    Here’s hoping that “quicker graphics” means that the “GMA 500” in Pineview is a SGX543MP4 or so rather than the SGX535 we’ve seen before.

    The integrated memory controller should also help somewhat with graphics performance as well as help the in-order Atom pipeline to have fewer and shorter stalls.

    • Goty
    • 13 years ago

    Argh, you’re right. I’ve been mislead this whole time!

    On a side note, HP already has the Neo X2 in their dv2z.

    • Game_boy
    • 13 years ago

    IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

    • 5150
    • 13 years ago

    How do you turn your brain down to stupid like that? If I tried I think I’d just Reagen-smash my keyboard.

    • maxxcool
    • 13 years ago

    olysnake 20yirold IC cannot <>. 486 butter neo!

    • maxxcool
    • 13 years ago

    SYlly Oilysnack! 486 <> user 4giggly bits rmas!

    • snakeoil
    • 13 years ago

    Atom is less powerful than a 20 years old 486 66mhz, with 4gbytes of ram

    • Game_boy
    • 13 years ago

    The Atom is roughly the level of a Pentium III, right? It’s much less powerful than a 6 year old Dell with a ~2.4GHz Pentium 4.

    • ironoutsider
    • 13 years ago

    Oh, I didn’t know that it stuttered like that. I have a 6 year old dell that plays youtube on full screen without any issues, so I assumed these netbooks could at least do that. Wow, that stinks.

    • armistitiu
    • 13 years ago

    I’m on a netbook right now and i can assure you that playing youtube videos is a pain in the ass especially when i want to go fullscreen or HD. So yes netbooks suck.
    By saying “pain in the ass” is mean low frame-rate and image freezing …stuff like that. And no it’s not because of my internet connection.

    • ironoutsider
    • 13 years ago

    Atom netbooks can run youtube… My mother-in-law has one of those **shudder** netbooks and she watches youtube on it. I mean, everyone and their mom watches youtube and if a netbook couldn’t do it, no one would buy these things.

    • Game_boy
    • 13 years ago

    AMD won’t do ultraportable 45nm until next year – Congo is the dual-core 65nm part according to the last official roadmap.

    I too am waiting until then, or until an Atom netbook can run Youtube videos.

    • ironoutsider
    • 13 years ago

    No shortbread today??? hmm… well judging by the news articles, there probably isn’t anything newsworthy. Probably not going to be for a good while. Wake me up when next gen video cards come out. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    • Goty
    • 13 years ago

    Was anyone else hoping for a congo-based netbook? I want to get rid of my current laptop and replace it with a netbook running a neo, but I’m not willing to do it until AMD migrates them over to 45nm.

    • khands
    • 13 years ago

    And so the merger of netbook and cellphone continues.

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